NEON continues to make inspired decisions on the indie marketplace. After winning Oscar gold and making history with “Parasite,” the studio has spent the better part of 2020 acquiring festival hits. Most recently, they purchased the rights to Brandon Cronenberg’s Sundance nightmare “Possessor,” and before that, Nicolas Cage’s “Pig” and “Palm Springs.” Now, the studio is teaming up with a French sales company, Charades, for an innovative new deal.
Charades is partnering with Neon to handle the worldwide sales on three films of their upcoming slate: “Spaceship Earth,” “The Painter and the Thief,” and “She Dies Tomorrow. “
Earlier this week, Neon announced a bold new distribution strategy for Matt Wolf’s “Spaceship Earth,” while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The film will hit VOD May 8, but the studio plans utilize drive-ins and safe pop-up city-scape projections to screen the movie. Theaters and affected businesses will also be able to screen the film on their websites.
While “The Painter and the Thief” and “She Dies Tomorrow” has yet to be dated, all three films are available for immediate delivery. Charades and Neon will provide distributors with a marketing package and replicable model that can be adapted to their respective markets. Distributors such as Scandinavia’s Non Stop Entertainment and Australia’s Madman have come aboard with additional territories already in discussion.
“We are thrilled to be on board of this fresh and engaging initiative to take those topical films to audiences in such a particular context,” says Carole Baraton, co-associate of Charades. “We look forward to working hand in hand with our talented friends at Neon and local distributors to replicate this very timely cinematic model.”
“Neon couldn’t be more excited to have found a partner in Charades,” said Neon CEO Tom Quinn. “They are helping to bring Neon films to worldwide audiences alongside partners that share our vision. We look forward to working with the amazing teams at Charades, Non-Stop, and Madman to create and develop release strategies and initiatives that will carry us through a global shutdown and into 2021.”
“Spaceship Earth” is directed by Matt Wolf and premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim. The story is the true and timely adventure of eight visionaries who, in 1991, spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called Biosphere 2.
“The Painter and the Thief” is directed by Benjamin Ree and premiered at Sundance as part of the Sundance Documentary Competition. Following the theft of two paintings from Czech painter Barbora Kysilkova, the two perpetrators are quickly identified and arrested. Kysilkova attends the hearing of one of them and asks the thief to paint his portrait, forming a long relationship.
” She Dies Tomorrow” is Amy Seimetz‘s latest project and was set to premiere at SXSW 2020. The film stars Kate Lyn Sheil and Jane Adams and depicts a contagious pandemic spreading through Los Angeles.